Modern treatment facility for Warkworth vet clinic
Posted at 10:30am Monday 29 Jun, 2020
From left, Dr Roger Dunn, Dr Samantha Eaton, Dr Danny Cash and Dr Jon Makin.
Warkworth Vets is expanding and moving to a new clinic on Hudson Road after nearly 38 years of operating at 18 Neville Street in Warkworth.
The foundations were poured last week and the seven-vet practice is expecting to shift in early next year.
Dr Roger Dunn says Warkworth's booming population and a lift in business has meant that the vets have outgrown their current building.
He says the practice has been looking for a site for a new clinic for some years, but has been hampered by a scarcity of commercial land.
At 465 square metres, the new clinic at 27 Hudson Road will be around twice the size of the old premises and will offer three times as many carparks.
It will house two operating theatres and a recovery room, both run from a solar power system.
Dr Dunn says the new site will also allow for improved clinical and diagnostic facilities.
“Technology has moved ahead in the nearly 40 years since the existing clinic was built,” he says.
He adds that digital X-ray, ultrasound scanning, rapid on-site diagnostics and an extensive pharmacy are now essential.
“Vets have to not only be the GP but the lab pathologist, the radiologist, the surgeon and the pharmacist.”
Dr Dunn says the practice has chosen local contractors to support the economy and disruptions from Covid-19 have been minimal.
Mason Contractors and Drinnan Contractors carried out earthmoving work at the greenfield site near the Z Energy service station in March.
McKergow Builders and Customkit Buildings will be in charge of the build, working with architectural and engineering consultants Hawthorne Geddes.
Site works are nearing completion and construction is about to start.
The vets' former premises at 18 Neville Street will be available for a future tenant once vacated.